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Erratic traffic movement at the signal near Tata Steel General Office will be a thing of past from March.

Utility provider Jusco, heeding suggestion of Jamshedpur traffic police, has started renovating the roundabout to rein in rogue drivers. The crossing will soon boast rumblers (speed breakers), iron-grille fencing on pavements of approach roads, renovation of the roundabout and a nearby traffic post.

The move assumes significance as the signal is located on the artery connecting Sakchi and Bistupur. Sources said Tata Steel security department had approached traffic authorities, expressing concerns that the roundabout had turned into a mishap magnet.

ďWe did not want to take chances because VVIPs use this stretch to reach Tata Steel Works. I had a discussion with senior officials of Tata Steel and Jusco for carrying out the renovation. My suggestions were accepted,Ē said traffic DSP R.M. Sinha.

Rumblers will be erected on the four approach roads to slow down vehicles nearing the signal. Iron-grille fencing will be done on the pavements of the approach roads to prevent careless pedestrians from crossing the roads at random places.

A booth near the roundabout will house a constable round the clock to catch those jumping red lights. Once operational, this would be the only manned traffic post in the city.

An additional traffic signal will be erected on the slope near urban services office so that vehicles coming from Sakchi can see the lights from a distance. The signal will be synchronised with those near the general office intersection.

Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said the work would be completed before Founderís Day on March 3.

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